Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Gobbins cliff path to reopen after storm damage forces tourist attraction's lengthly closure

Published 05/04/2016

The restored cliff path at the Gobbins
The restored cliff path at the Gobbins

Northern Ireland's historic Gobbins coastal path is to reopen at the end of the month.

The historic cliffside walk was closed on December 30, just months after it was launched, after storm damage and a landslip.

Almost 400 bookings for January and February had to be cancelled afterwards.

It had been hoped the attraction would be opened by Easter, but "unforeseen" damage, forced a delay.

Read more: Bid to reopen Gobbins in time for Easter hits the rocks as finish date is pushed back

The Gobbins, a two-mile-long cliff path first developed in the early 20th century at Islandmagee, was officially re-opened in August 2015 after a £7.5million investment.

Hailed as a ‘best kept secret’ along the Causeway Coastal Route, the path encompasses tubular and suspension bridges, a carved tunnel and staircases.

On Tuesday, the council confirmed it will reopen to the public on April 30.

"Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is delighted to confirm that The Gobbins cliff path will be open in time for May Day," Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe announced.

"We have been working hard to get the path open as quickly as possible and are looking forward to welcoming visitors to Mid and East Antrim for the exhilarating experience the Gobbins has to offer as Northern Ireland's newest major tourist attraction," he said.

Bookings for 30 April onwards has opened by phone line and a new online booking system will open later this week.

Pre-booking for tours is essential.

A spokeswoman added: "Whilst the council recognises that the closure may have caused disappointment, it would like to reiterate that an independent report commissioned has confirmed that the resultant landslip and damage to the access paths, was caused by the severe weather conditions was unforeseeable.

"The attraction is of great importance to the local tourism sector and is a long-term investment project. The council is confident The Gobbins will continue to deliver economic benefits to the local area and is looking forward to the summer season."

Online Editors

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph